June 7, 2000
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Be very wary.
posted by meaning (13 comments total)

Okay -- it is a bad thing that those women were murdered. But when you travel cross-country to have sadomasochistic sex with someone you've only had contact with on the internet, can you be said to be playing with a full deck in the first place? I think not.

But this story will get filed in the "Evils of the Internet" file and drum up more paranoia than ever.
posted by elgoose at 7:21 AM on June 7, 2000

I wouldn't want to speculate on their decks or lack thereof, but it will truly give more ammunition to those who want to legislate the net into a police state.People need to take responsibility for their own actions, it's unfortunate that these women had to pay the ultimate price.As an aside, I would be hesitant to judge them, we are all looking for love, some of us just look in strange places...
posted by meaning at 7:46 AM on June 7, 2000

With regards to paranoia, I heard on NPR that the internet has now surpassed the CIA as the number one topic of paranoid delusions (eg, the internet is planting bugs in my brain). At we can all be safe.
posted by plinth at 8:23 AM on June 7, 2000


I don't really have a lot else to say. It's sad that some murderous jagoff couldn't find the will to eat a bullet before killing others. I mean, as Dennis Miller always said, "If you're about to slaughter a whole lot of people, do us a favor, start with yourself. Leave us out of it. We have enough to deal with day to day without your problems."

Of course, somebody will now post that I'm a monster for advocating suicide. Which I basically am, if you happen to be a serial killer. So if you haven't murdered anybody, ignore this post.
posted by Ezrael at 8:37 AM on June 7, 2000

Is it just me, or does that guy look remarkably like Rush Limbaugh?
posted by LoganAxis at 10:08 AM on June 7, 2000

Hey NOW!
posted by slavemaster at 11:09 AM on June 7, 2000

Does anyone besides me see a relationship between the slavemaster story and comments and this one about AOL and TV?

I realize that making this type of connection isn't necessarily a popular point of view; not everyone who smokes a joint ends up shooting heroin, but every heroin addict I've known started with marijuana (if that's not too tortured or perjorative an analogy)?

As to what to do about it, hell, I don't know.

And I wasn't meaning to sound judgmental of anyone's sexual practices -- I guess what I was judging was the lack of awareness of potential personal danger.
posted by elgoose at 11:33 AM on June 7, 2000

"A pickup truck was found in the pond Monday but investigators don’t believe it was connected to a victim. "

I'm sorry, but this says more about the killer than anything having to do with the Internet or s&m.
posted by schampeo at 1:27 PM on June 7, 2000

More than the fact that he and his wife ran a mobile home business?

Is it true that light bondage is actually "Gateway Sex" ?
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 2:17 PM on June 7, 2000

And now that they've made a business deal WITH Gateway, we can really refer to AOL as a "gateway to the harder internet".
posted by wendell at 4:02 PM on June 7, 2000

And Rush Limbaugh is a "gateway to the Hard Right".
posted by wendell at 4:02 PM on June 7, 2000

And pick-up trucks are "gateways to Mobile Homes".
posted by wendell at 4:04 PM on June 7, 2000

And MetaFilter is a "gateway to Hard Blogging".

(Stop me before I Gateway again!)
posted by wendell at 4:06 PM on June 7, 2000

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